As a part of the NutrientRice project, assessing the value of Philippine indigenous rice germplasm (heirloom rice) for grain quality trait development and breeding. This position will contribute to the collaboration between NIAB (National Institute of Agricultural Botany, UK), PhilRice (Philippines) and IRRI to determine loci/genes related to variation in nutritional composition of Philippine indigenous rice. Based on high-density genotyping and metabolite phenotyping data, she/he will develop a database, prioritize key donors, identify nutritional quantitative trait loci (QTLs) and validate associated markers.
This position is based at IRRI Headquarters, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Roles and Responsibilities
Generate and analyze SNP genotyping data to characterize genetic diversity of Philippines indigenous rice germplasm and define a core collection
Perform genome wide association studies (GWAS) on Philippines indigenous rice to identify candidate genes/loci, haplotypes and molecular markers underlying variation in nutritional composition.
Develop DNA fingerprinting database for authentication of Philippines indigenous rice varieties
Assist in efforts to validate predicted marker-trait associations from ongoing GWAS projects
Coordination, Communication, and Liaison
Communicate with project partners and other stakeholders to ensure research outputs are properly executed and coordinated
Work closely with other teams in IRRI, PhilRice, and NIAB
Provide scientific and technical support to scientists, staff, scholars, technicians, breeders and NARES partners
Manage assigned activities in project which may include budget and time management
Supervise a small project team of national recruited staff
Publication and Dissemination
Report results through publications in international scientific journals, project reports, and conferences
Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor from time to time.
PhD in Genetics or Molecular Biology
Demonstrated ability to perform in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment